Homeless Artist Family

$1,120 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 21 months
We are a family of 3 artists who were recently evicted. I am 68 years old, my wife is 55 and our son is 25.  I'm a freelance artist. I do caricatures, portrait paintings and miscellaneous other artwork. I recently broke my ankle, which made me lose some bookings over the summer. My wife Alesia is a doll artist and former actress. She is partially disabled, recovering from brain surgery for a congenital skull defect (Chiari malformation) which caused a brain hernia (tonsillar herniation). This caused her to become paralyzed and bedridden. She was hospitalized 3 times before doctors finally diagnosed her illness and did emergency brain surgery. At that point, she was having difficulty swallowing and breathing and having blackouts, among other problems. The doctors at Greater Baltimore Medical Center said she was near death and did emergency surgery. Since then she has regained some mobility  but she still has difficulty walking. Our son is currently unemployed but looking for work. We have struggled to pay our rent for many years on our meager income. The recent difficulties pushed things to the breaking point. We were tenants at the same address for over 20 years, but our landlord wouldn't wait 3 days for my Social Security to come in and they threw us out into  the street. We've now been spending the Social Security payment on a motel room, and the money is running out. We couldn't even find a shelter. Please help. Any donations will be repaid by artwork.
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We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Thanks to the generosity and kindness of many friends, we were able to move into a new home in November in northeast Baltimore. We still have most of the belongings we were able to salvage in a storage unit, but we're expecting some assistance in moving those things into our new home. Of course, we've lost some things which we'll have to replace. We're still "camping out" on air mattresses at this point. But we were able to have our first Thanksgiving dinner in our new home, after more than a month without a home. Many thanks to our friends who made this possible. We'll keep you posted on any new developments. Here's a photo of our new home.
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It's been almost 3 weeks. We still haven't found a place to live. Friends have been trying to help out but nothing has worked out so far. Senior Housing won't let our son live with us. Apartment complexes say our income is too low. Not having a regular paycheck is a stumbling block. Every time it looks hopeful, it returns to hopeless overnight. Thanks to everyone who's helped out.
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$1,120 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 21 months
Created October 8, 2016
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18 months ago
James Cronin
19 months ago

Best wishes to you and your family for a Happy New Year.

20 months ago
John Twomey
20 months ago

From one " Jasper" to another.....day by day brother.

Bob Cooney
20 months ago

Always loved Jerry's caricatures in Manhattan's school newspaper.

Jim Donlon
21 months ago

Jerrry - I hope that you & your family will find a good place to live, and soon. Best wishes.

Sahrah Henninger
21 months ago

Hey Jerry, I know it's not much, but I'll be on the lookout for work for you as well!

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